ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — At least one officer opened fire on a man, killing him, during a police standoff Tuesday morning at a Motel 6 in Farmington, according to a New Mexico State Police spokeswoman.
Lt. Elizabeth Armijo said 25-year-old Andrew Rossi died at a hospital after being shot by Farmington police around 1 a.m.
Armijo did not release the names of the officers, say how many were involved, or say if Rossi was armed at the time of the shooting.
She said Farmington Police officers and San Juan County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Motel 6, at 1600 East Bloomfield, after Rossi’s vehicle was seen in the parking lot.
Armijo said Rossi was wanted on aggravated battery with a deadly weapon charge out of Ignacio, Colorado.
She said a search warrant was obtained and the SWAT team responded to the motel soon after officers figured out what room Rossi was in.
Armijo said a woman left the hotel room and told police that Rossi was inside and “did not want to surrender.”
She said that’s when police attempted to negotiate a peaceful surrender with Rossi, which did not happen.
“FPD officers entered the motel room and shots were fired by at least one FPD officer, striking Rossi,” Armijo said.
She said State Police are still investigating.